Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934. Original aqua cloth, with dust jacket.
First American Edition of this mysterious tale of a secret brotherhood --~of honest men with remarkable powers of communication -- 'We've our ain canny ways and our ain private lines set.' They are seamen from the Firth of Forth with some landward allies such as the hero, who is a young Professor of Divinity at St Andrews. The period is the Napoleonic Wars, the scene is the coast of Fife, the moors of Northumberland, the fens of East Anglia, the enterprise is the rescue of a young man from a black-hearted fanatic. [Smith]~This is a fine copy. The colorful pictorial jacket shows Cranmer calmly loading a pistol, his wife looking on, as the hero Anthony "Nanty" Lammas sits bound by ropes to a chair; it is in nearly fine condition, with only the slightest of edge-wear. See Blanchard A103. Item #14179